by Marsha M. Linehan
This new video program provides an accessible means of teaching clinicians about Dr. Linehan's effective treatment program called Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is one of the most treatment-resistant psychological conditions therapists encounter. Treatment is often undermined when the self-destructive behaviors associated with BPD overwhelm the therapist as well as the patient.
This new video program provides an accessible means of teaching clinicians about Dr. Linehan's effective treatment program called Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). In this video and its companion, Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder, Dr. Linehan brings her model for understanding and treating BPD to life. Viewers will see Dr. Linehan:
* Present the concepts of DBT in a grand rounds seminar
* Lead an informative training session
* Apply DBT techniques in segments from actual patient sessions
Dr. Linehan describes her comprehensive, effective model designed to help patients with BPD to manage the impulsive, self-destructive behaviors associated with the disorder--chaotic relationships, substance abuse, self-mutilation, and suicide attempts. A departure from previous treatments, this new method focuses on enabling individuals with BPD to find hope and forge lives less encumbered by emotional chaos.
Perhaps the most important element of DBT is that it is immensely practical. The principles of DBT can be applied in a variety of settings, including outpatient, inpatient, day treatment, residential treatment, and emergency services. DBT overcomes the usual barriers to successful treatment by using a team approach--where the therapist consults with one or more colleagues throughout treatment. In effect, the team provides a necessary base of support for the therapist just as the therapist does for the patient.
In an especially compelling feature, these videos includes live interview sessions between Dr. Linehan and Allen J. Frances, Chairman of the DSM-IV Task Force. In these probing dialogues, Dr. Frances asks the nuts-and-bolts questions all clinicians want answered about how DBT works and what its advantages are over other therapies.
In Treating Borderline Personality Disorder, viewers will:
* Learn how to implement Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
* See scenes from actual skills training sessions with patients
* Gain an explicit understanding of treatment components of DBT
* Watch therapists in team consultation with colleagues
An important component of DBT is the use of skills training to help manage the extreme beliefs, actions, and attitudes that form the criteria for borderline personality disorder. In actual therapy sessions, the video shows Marsha M. Linehan teaching patients the use of such skills as mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. In vivid depictions of the various stages of treatment, viewers will find out how to work with patients toward decreasing suicidal behaviors, therapy-interfering behaviors, and posttraumatic stress; and increasing behavioral skills, self-respect, and achievement of individual goals.
The video segments explicitly illustrate how the principles of Linehan's approach include addressing the needs of the therapist in an attempt to reduce the frustration that normally occurs when treating patients with BPD. Viewers will see how Dr. Linehan and a team of therapists work through the range of problems that can arise in treatment. In this way viewers are brought into the team milieu and given an invaluable, hands-on introduction to the effectiveness of this approach.
Worldfest Houston Video Festival Finalist.
"Highly recommended for their compelling learning value. All mental health professionals, in whatever professional milieu they work, will find them of personal and professional value."
"Plainly, all therapists treating BPD should be knowledgeable about Dialectical Behavior Therapy. These videotapes are the most efficient way to get acquainted. They are accompanied by detailed program manuals that summarize key points and provide a guide to the literature. Given the deft interweaving of didactic and clinical material and the clarity of the presentation, these videotapes could also be used to educate patients and their family members."
-Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic
"Dialectical Behavior Therapy has helped me to get through really difficult emoti onal times. It gives me tools--things that I can use to make it through when I am feeling very depressed or having a very stressful time....It has given me a way of becoming more self-sufficient as well as letting other people into my life...in a much healthier way than I ever had before."
-Patient in Treating Borderline Personality Disorder
43-minute DVD 36-page Manual
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